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White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears

Original story at Washington Post• 13 mentions • 2 weeks ago

Washington Post 2 weeks ago

 
The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings, according to two senior administration officials. At the Pentagon, they’re privately calling the former Marine officer and fighter pilot who’s supposed to keep his eye on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “the commissar,” according to a high-ranking defense official with knowledge of the situation. It’s a reference to Soviet-era Communist Party officials who were assigned to military units to ensure their ...
 
 
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20 Mar
The Yes Men @theyesmen
The WH has commissars installed at each cabinet agency to ensure the loyalty of the agency's head. Wow. https://t.co/a9xToXRQFQ
20 Mar
Anne-Marie Slaughter @SlaughterAM
In Soviet Union these were "commissars." WH installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to b Trump’s eyes & ears. https://t.co/xKISmPM531
20 Mar
Susan DeMark @scdemark
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
Mike Signorile @MSignorile
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to monitor loyalty to Trump --The Washington Post https://t.co/qwxj1LsvGz
20 Mar
Susanne Trimbath PhD @SusanneTrimbath
Trump hired 36 alligators to watch the swamp: https://t.co/sjPW5DNEEx
20 Mar
Steve Rhodes @tigerbeat
RT @costareports: WH installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/07RLoPfNwp
20 Mar
Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
Heidi N Moore @moorehn
RT @Max_Fisher: well this is completely insane https://t.co/6Z5nGYqOUS https://t.co/j8i9VUuBW0
20 Mar
Greg Rucka @ruckawriter
RT @BWJones: The Trump @WhiteHouse installs aides to monitor department loyalty to Trump: https://t.co/DtQScYbFcZ This is straight up, a f…
20 Mar
(((Jeff Gates))) @outtacontext
We live in a repressive country. We've just crossed over. https://t.co/UuWwJogtes #trump #theResistance #resist #p2
20 Mar
KentBottles @KentBottles
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
19 Mar
Steve Silberman @stevesilberman
Trump installs an unusual "shadow government" of senior aides monitoring his Cabinet appointees' loyalty to him. https://t.co/lNxkbXa7xn
19 Mar
Bruce Bartlett @BruceBartlett
Trumps avoids appointing people to Senate-confirmed gov't positions & relies instead on unaccountable nobodies. https://t.co/Elv9NHVszO